Creating a charter school often starts as an exhilarating project, filled with breakthrough curriculum ideas, ways to serve families where there are low-performing schools, and visions of better futures for children through superlative education.
The results are out from the NYC Department of Education's Learning Environment Surveys, a rich source of information on how parents, students, and teachers view their public schools (district and charter). This year's surveys elicited responses from over 476,000 parents, over 62,000 teachers, and over 428,000 students in grades 6-12. (Charter schools' collective responses rates were higher than the city average among all three groups.)
The results are out from the 2011-12 state tests for Math and English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3-8, and New York City charter schools once again have reason to feel proud and hopeful, though by no means content.
What choices are charter schools providing? What are their results? Who are their students? And what is the outlook for charter schools' future? The Charter Center is pleased to release a new report on "The State of the NYC Charter School Sector," which provides a data-rich look at these critical questions.
Bill Phillips of NYCSA has written an excellent analysis of the Board of Regents’ decision yesterday to decline renewal of Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo, a low-performing school in which only one in five students was at standards—after eight years of operation.
Check out the new video from the March 16 Education Town Hall that aired on KISS FM's Open Line radio show with Bob Slade, Bob Pickett and James Mtume. The Town Hall was hosted by the New York City Charter School Center, KISS FM and Bronx Preparatory Charter School.
This weekend the Charter Center, KISS FM and Bronx Preparatory Charter School hosted an Education Town Hall that aired on KISS FM's Open Line radio show with Bob Slade, Bob Pickett and James Mtume. Panelists, including Valerie Babb, Recy Dunn, James Merriman, Charlene Reid, Drema Brown, Andrea Zayas and Samantha Tweedy addressed hot-button issues and spoke openly and honestly about the role of charter schools in public education.
The State University of New York Charter School Institute (SUNY) and New York State Department (SED) have accepted 48 Letters of Intent to start charter schools in the fall 2013. The 48 new entrants have been given a green light to submit full proposals by February 29, 2012 in order to open charter schools in the fall of 2013.
Today, Justice Feinman of NYS Supreme Court ruled against a group of charter opponents who had sought a preliminary injunction against the NYC Department of Education, requiring it to charge charter schools rent when they are co-located in public school buildings. Justice Feinman, in a well-reasoned and thoughtful opinion, declined to grant the preliminary injunction.